Natural Disaster Resources

Natural Disaster Resources

Disaster Information

Department of Education Disaster Recovery Unit

  • The Disaster Recovery Unit (DRU) coordinates disaster recovery work across the United States Department of Education (Department). The DRU supports K-12 and higher education school communities to restore learning following a Federally declared natural disaster. Additionally, the DRU manages work with other U.S. government agencies to ensure effective and efficient use of the Department's natural disaster recovery resources.
  • Natural Disaster email address (DisasterRecoveryUnit@ed.gov)

Natural Disaster Contact Information for Higher Education Students and Student Loan Borrowers


Guidance for Educational Agencies, Schools, Postsecondary Institutions, and Grantees

Natural Disaster Resources

Resources for Restoring the Teaching and Learning Environment

Natural Disaster Information from Other Federal Agencies

  • Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Disaster Page: FEMA provides information about the formal disaster declaration process, disaster types, how FEMA gets involved, and other financial and technical resources.
  • Public Assistance: Policy and Guidance Website: FEMA helps state, local, tribal, and territorial governments and certain types of private nonprofit organizations respond to and recover from major disasters or emergencies. After an event like a hurricane, tornado, earthquake or wildfire, communities need help to cover their costs for debris removal, life-saving emergency protective measures, and restoring public infrastructure.
  • DisasterAssistance.gov: The Disaster Assistance Improvement Program's (DAIP) mission is to provide disaster survivors with information, support, services, and a means to access and apply for disaster assistance through joint data-sharing efforts between federal, tribal, state, local, and private sector partners.
  • Ready.gov: Ready is a National public service campaign designed to educate and empower the American people to prepare for, respond to and mitigate emergencies, including natural and man-made disasters. The goal of the campaign is to promote preparedness through public involvement.
  • Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Natural Disaster and Severe Weather Resources: CDC offers a number of resources that public health professionals, clinicians, emergency responders, and others can use to share health and safety information in the event of a natural disaster. Resources include emergency social media channels as well as Public Service Announcements and podcasts focused on what individuals can do to protect themselves and their families during natural disasters.